Mission in the OT?

The Old Testament is full of Israel’s failure and refusal to do missions. Generally, they were inward focused and had no desire for God’s blessing to go to all the people’s of the earth. Somewhat ironically, perhaps, there seems to be a great conversion of people in the book of Esther, but not because of the people’s evangelistic endeavours. In Esther 8.17 we read, “And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.” Whether these people were God-fearing Jews and true worshippers of Yahweh, we don’t know; but this is perhaps the greatest spread of the knowledge of Yahweh outside of the land of Canaan. And it happens because the people of Israel are almostĀ annihilated. God’s ways are not our ways. He will be honoured and glorified in all things, even though we often don’t see the whole picture.

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